Hi everyone I received so many request to write more about the 2014 Academy Awards, so here it is: :-)
Most of us in the fashion and beauty industry are guilty of being somewhat keener on the Red Carpet and all the glitz and glamour than the awards show itself. It’s that one night of the year when the stars come out in all their stunning glory and all the different clothes, accessories, hair and makeup looks and fashion statements make for a dazzling, head-spinning experience. The Oscars Red Carpet is like Mecca for us fashion lovers and I’m thrilled to share my favourite looks from the event with all of you.
1. Lupita Nyong’o
It comes as no surprise to anyone that Lupita Nyong’o was one of the best-dressed women at the function. The ethereal ice-blue gown from Prada is the sort of dress that little girls the world over dream of: a slender bodice with a twirly skirt. But it’s Ms. Nyongo’s unmistakable short crop that really sets her apart. We’ve been watching her top all the Best Dressed and Best Hair and Makeup lists all season and the 2014 Oscars are no different.
Lupita shows us all how even a conventionally severe buzz/ short crop can be heartbreakingly delicate and feminine. I’m sure most of us never expected to see a mini mowhawk look that pretty, and the 12 Years A Slave has truly earned her title as a style icon. If you’re worried about short hairdos looking too severe, dress them up with feminine accessories. Lupita’s headband here was designed by Fred Leighton and it’s an absolute vision in 18kt yellow gold and diamonds. That’s a pretty penny to spend on a hair accessory, but you can most definitely find a dupe that’s easier on the pocket. Go ahead and rock some shorthaired style this year.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
The young actress has been taking Hollywood by storm and if recent months are anything to reckon by, Jennifer Lawrence will continue to rule both the silver screen and the Red Carpets for quite some time to come. The gorgeous scarlet Dior dress was one of the brightest pops of colour at this year’s Oscars and I’m absolutely loving the way her short hair was styled to show off the dress and draw attention to the bejewelled back chain accent. Jennifer’s hairdo is defined by tonnes of lift and volume: the entire look is based on arranging the hair up and away from the front: bringing out her features, emphasizing the natural lines of her collar bones and shoulders and letting the gorgeous gown do all the fashionising. The hairdo’s a great balance between sass and style.
3. Emma Watson
Hermione from the Harry Potter franchise is all grown up and continues to be one of the most stylish and well put-together young actresses in the industry. Known to experiment with style, the Bling Ring actress wore her hair in a messy half-up/half-down style that was a perfect fit with her metallic dress and crimson lip. This hairdo’s all about the messy, tousled texture so be sure to use a texture spray before you tease your hair for volume. Twist and pull back strands away from the face and pin them into place using bobby pins. You can fold strands to add more dimensions to the look. For the messy-chic effect, let the ends hang loose. If you’re heading out for a formal do, add pretty hair accessories like Emma’s and you’re all set.
4. Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts is a veteran on most Oscar Best Dressed lists and she’s done it once again. While most fashion lovers like to see unusual colours/ shapes on the Red Carpet because the usual black and white (though elegant) are somewhat staple fare, Ms. Watts managed to stay classic yet stand out with her deep red lip, geometric neck piece and sleek hair. What I love about this particular hairstyle is that it is so easy to style (just about anyone can pull this off at home) and yet there’s just something about the look that’s bound to get you noticed. While it’s essentially nothing more than washed, blow-dried and straightened hair, there’s a subtle pull to the look. This one’s all about arranging your hair just right: brushing it back and away from the face, adding a tiny bit of volume right at the crown- so little that it’s but a natural lift- and pulling the hair over slightly to one side. Use a hairspray if you’re worried about losing the shape but really, this one is all about soft, sleek styling.
6. Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson’s shimmery, beaded pearl-coloured gown was undoubtedly one of the most interesting and exciting looks from the event. With the plunging neckline, the padded shoulders, the cape-like cowl accents and the figure-hugging bodice, the slinky Atelier Versace gown was a perfect fit for the strikingly beautiful actress. Her bouncy, retro side waves made for the perfect addition to the ultra glamorous look. When you’re opting for a classic style like this one, the key to making it look great is in ensuring that your hair looks as healthy, shiny and bouncy as possible. A good hair care regimen, the right styling products and quality tools can make even the simplest hairstyles look breathtakingly beautiful.
7. Penolope Cruz
Penelope Cruz’s blush pink gown with black empire-line accents is earning both brickbats and bouquets from the online community but as far as I’m concerned, it’s the actress’ great hairdo that I’m interested in. A sleek, big top knot never goes out of style and amidst all the loose waves and the edgy haircuts it was nice to see this Red Carpet favourite make an appearance. There’s something so unquestionably beautiful about a perfectly twisted large bun: it’s no wonder that the trend never goes out of style. It’s a great way to be comfortable, draw attention to your face and sport some stunning jewellery while being occasion-appropriate as well.
8. Charlize Theron
With her classic bob, thick black eyeliner and stunning jewellery, Charlize Theron was the perfected example of understated elegance at this year’s Oscars. Sometimes, the best way to style really short hair is to keep the look neat, smooth and minimalist. If you’re not keen on too much volume or a messy, piecy look all you need to do is blow-dry or straighten your washed hair, use some smoothening serum and brush your hair into place.
9. Viola Davis
Viola Davis is one of the most beautiful women in the industry at present, and with her sea foam green Escada gown, smouldering smoky eye and perfect nude lip she was one of the most elegantly dressed people at the show. I’m absolutely in love with how she was wearing the classic Old Hollywood finger waves in her short hair: it’s a fun way to experiment with timeless and modern hair trends by mixing things up and it sure worked out well for Viola here.
10. Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie was one of the most discussed actresses at this year’s Oscars: the stunner debuted her newly brunette hair for the first time ever on a Red Carpet and left many people surprised with her deliciously dark locks. With her inky Saint Laurent gown and Old Hollywood waves, the actress from The Wolf of Wall Street might have something in common with Sandra Bullock’s look from the evening but I think she deserves her own spot on this list. The rich berry tones of her lipstick and the daring colour change have earned Robbie many a nod from the fashion and beauty community.